AMSHEDPUR: The Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Shas sought three new
trains and has taken up its long-pending demand of a direct train to Jodhpur (Rajasthan) from
Tatanagar and a train to Hyderabad. It has also sought a train to Bhagalpur from here.

The social and industrial organizations of the Steel City are expecting railway minister Dinesh
Trivedi to concede to few of their demands, if not all.

“In our memorandum (to the railway minister) we have sought two new trains in addition to our
long-standing demand for a train to Jodhpur,” said Suresh Sonthalia, a senior SCCI member.
Existence of over three lakh Rajasthani population in the city is the premise of the SCCI’s
demand for a train to Rajasthan, while frequent travel of a large number of students to the
southern city for higher education is the basis of the demand for train to Hyderabad.

The reason for seeking a train to Bhagalpur is because many people here are facing problems
while travelling to Bhagalpur division. “At least, the government can run Howrah-Jodhpur
Express through Tatanagar till the time a new train is not announced and enhance the frequency
of the Tatanagar-Yashwantpur Express to thrice a week (from once a week),” said Sonthalia.

The SCCI has also asked for increasing the frequency of Bhubneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani
Express to five days a week from three days. The Utkal Association in its memorandum
submitted to the rail ministry has sought inter-city superfast Express between Tatanagar and
Bhubneswar and running of Puri-Hazrat Nizamuddin Utkal express via Chaibasa-Keonjhar route.

Utkal Association president R N Satpathy said the number of people travelling to Bhubneswar
had increased manifold in recent years, but availability of the trains and berths on this route
were limited. “Inter-city express is the only solution to accommodate heavy rush of passengers
on this route,” said Sathpathy.

The social and industrial organizations here claim that the Chakradhapur division of the South
Eastern Railway contributes the highest revenue to the railways, largely for being an industrial
hub and abundance of raw mineral resources, and hence their demands should be taken care

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